3/4 cup water
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
1/2 cup mint leaves
3 small or 1 large cucumber with skin, ends removed, cut into chunks
A pinch of salt
1 large bottle sparkling water, ~33 oz.
Cucumber slices, for garnish
1 ounce of silver tequila or vodka (optional)
Make simple syrup by combining water and sugar in a small saucepan and bringing to a boil. Remove from heat and cool thoroughly.
In a blender, add water, sugar, lime juice, cucumber, mint and salt. Puree until smooth then pour through a strainer to remove any remaining seeds or bits of cucumber peel.
To serve, fill tall glasses with ice then fill half way with cucumber mixture. Top off with sparkling water, stir and garnish with a slice of cucumber, lime, or mint.
Cucumber Cocktail: Pour 1 ounce of silver tequila or vodka into a tall glass filled with ice. Top off with cucumber mixture and sparkling water. Garnish with a cucumber slice and serve.